Campinas is an industrial center about one hour north of São Paulo. A number of international large companies have chosen the region to build their plants, such as IBM, Motorola and many others. The city has just over one million inhabitants and is home to two famous universities, Unicamp and PUC Campinas.
Campinas does not have many tourist spots, since it is not located at the beach or the mountains, and has no remarkable old monument or construction. However it has some nice places to visit such as:
- The Bosque dos Jequitibás, an urban preserved wooded area reminiscent of the original rain forest that covered the region in the past: it has a small zoo with local fauna and a natural history museum.
- The Cathedral, which was built in the 19th century; its interior is entirely made of jacaranda wood sculptures and works.
- The Central Market, with typical stall stands full of fresh product of the region.
There are boundless shopping opportunities in Campinas. The downtown shopping area mostly consists of discount stores, though there are a couple of interesting local markets that are worth a visit to get a flavor of local life.
The 2 principal shopping malls are Shopping Iguatemi, in Novo Campinas and Parque Dom Pedro II, on the Rodovia Dom Pedro. Dom Pedro has over 400 stores and a Big hypermarket. Both have numerous eating establishments and a multiplex cinema.
Most of the night life in Campinas is centered on the bars in the Cambuí neighborhood and in the nightclubs located in the Parque Dom Pedro Mall. At the mall one also finds many restaurants and nightclubs, often a little too crowded.